My Picks for the Stampin’ Up Starter Kit with the Sale-A-Bration Promotion!

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Today, I thought I would share my picks for the Stampin’ Up Starter Kit during the Sale-A-Bration Promotion! This was actually really hard for me to pick so I totally understand why it might be hard for you as well!! Here is what I came up with…..

My Picks for the Stampin' Up Starter Kit,

During Sale-A-Bration, you can join Stampin’ Up! (and my Fabulous Friends Team) for just $99.00 (plus tax)! You get free shipping ($10 value), $125 in any product you wish, AND 2 Stamps Sets of your choice (any dollar value, $104 value). That’s a $239 value for just $99!!! There is no obligation once you sign up. You can do as little or as much as you wish as a demonstrator – enjoy the discount yourself and never sell to others, place orders for you and your friends, or create a business. Whatever you wish you do, you can do! That’s the best part of it all! Click here to join now!

So now here are my picks for the Stampin’ Up Starter Kit for the seasoned stamper that has the basics! The stamper who has been having fun for years but decided to enjoy that discount. Maybe you just couldn’t pass up this amazing deal!

~My 2 FREE Stamp Sets: Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and Beautiful You Stamp Set – both great sets with greetings and images! You can go with Clear like I did or pick the Wood Style!

~For the $125 in product: Lift Me Up Bundle (Stamp Set & coordinating Framelits), So In Love Bundle (Stamp Set & coordinating Framelits), Falling In Love Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Metallic Enamel Shapes, & Fine Tip Glue Pen

These products total $124.25 so technically I’m letting $0.75 go so you could always change things out to get exactly $125.00 I love the bundles because you are saving 10% and who doesn’t like discounts on top of deals! I sure love a great deal!

New Stamper Starter Kit,

Now I did my picks for the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit for the beginner stamper who is just getting started and wants it ALL!

~My 2 FREE Stamp Sets: Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and Beautiful You Stamp Set – both great sets with greetings and images! You can go with Clear like I did or pick the Wood Style!

~For the $125 in product: Stampin’ Trimmer, Snail Adhesive, Bone Folder, Tin of Cards Stamp Set, Basic Black Archival Ink Pad, 2016-2018 In-Color In Pad Collection, 2016-2018 In-Color Cardstock Collection, Whisper White Cardstock, Clear Block D, Clear Block A

This is a little mix of paper, stamps, ink and a few accessories! You could always omit the Tin of Card for more inks or Stampin’ Scrub & Mist. That’s the cool thing! You can mix and match to what you want/need the most!

You could always go the Big Shot and some dies or even an album, Project Life Card Collections, and other memory keeping items! What would you pick out for your Starter Kit?? Let me know in the comments below! If you would like to Join Stampin’ Up and enjoy all the amazing benefits and this fabulous deal, click here for more information and remember to do it before March 31st when this offer ends!

If you would like to see all of this in action, check out my Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new!

Happy Stampin’


List of My Favorite Sale-A-Bration Items!!!

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Sale-A-Bration Second Release,

Sale-A-Bration has been going on for a month and a half now and it has been SO MUCH FUN!!! This week Stampin’ Up! released 3 new items including 2 stamp sets and beautiful glimmer paper! You can check them all out here! I thought today I would go over a list of my favorite Sale-A-Bration items for this year!!! (PS this was not an easy task!)

~ List of My Favorite Sale-A-Bration Items ~

My #1 favorite has to be So Very Much which is the big scroll-y thank you greeting! I just love the beautiful font and I make so many thank you notes so it’s perfect! I love how it is the focal point of the card and you just need a little bit more to make the perfect card! You can check out some samples here and here!

My #2 favorite is Avant Garden! You all know I love flowers and I have really enjoyed this set for the beautiful flowers and greetings too! You can use the one flower with a solid ink and stamp all over or you can stamp the other flowers and color them in. The Watercolor Pencils are perfect for coloring in the flowers! You can check out some samples here! I have a few more so stay tuned!

My #3 favorite item is the Carried Away Designer Series Paper. I love designer paper and while it wasn’t my favorite in the beginning. The more I used it, the more I fell in love. To see some samples, click here and here!

I have the new Glimmer Paper but I haven’t played with it a lot yet. I do think it will be #4 or maybe bump something down! What are your favorite Sale-A-Bration items?? Let me know in the comments below!

Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration runs till the end of March and there are lots of ways to enjoy the party!!!

~Every $50 you spend, you can pick out a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Click here to see all of the items you can pick!

~Now is a great time to hostess as well. When your party or order reaches $250, you will earn an additional $25 in Hostess Benefits!! That means you get $50 in Free Product!! You can also use that $50 to join Stampin’ Up!

~There is a fabulous special for joining during Sale-A-Bration too! You can use your hostess benefits towards your kit or you can join without having a party! It is $99 to join and you get to pick out $125 in any product you would like PLUS 2 FREE Stamp Sets of any value! Go for the highest value sets and that’s an additional $104 in product!!! WOOT WOOT! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out! I’m always happy to chat about it! Click here for more information!

Have fun Sale-A-Brating with me!!!

Happy Stampin’


Fanfare Friday!!!

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Happy Friday, everyone!!! This has been a fabulous week!!! I took the day off on Monday to spend the day with my Mom celebrating her birthday! Ahhh the joys of being your own boss! We went shopping and then the rain started. My Mom then asked if we could go back to the house and make cards!!! 🙂 Of course I said, “Yes!” It was an amazing day!Marcella Silver,

Then on Tuesday, I got to gather with my amazing team! Not all of them could attend but that doesn’t mean we don’t still celebrate their accomplishments! Marcella just promoted to Silver so I showered her with all things Silver!!! We had a few more promotions and anniversaries to celebrate but I didn’t get a picture! (stay tuned, hopefully I will get them soon)

Wednesday was Stamp Club which is always a great time! I am starting a NEW Club in February!!! If you love stamping product, learning new techniques, and getting free stuff then Stamp Club is for you! Club is created to have a group of stampers get together once a month to create 2-3 cards featuring techniques and/or 3D items. Club consists of a minimum of 6 people and each person will place an order each month in the amount of $25 or more (totaling at least a $150 workshop order). This is a great way to be a hostess without having a party at your house! Club lasts for 6 months and one of those months you will be the Hostess and earn all of the hostess benefits. Stamp Club is on the Third Wednesday of the Month at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.! Let me know if you would like to join in February!

Now I’m getting excited to stamp with the ladies over in Paris…..Illinois!!! 🙂 I do enjoy saying I am going to Paris for the weekend! hehe The ice last weekend ruined our stamping plans for last weekend but luckily we were able to move it to this weekend! I am super excited and can’t wait!

Sale-A-Bration is always a great time to stamp, hostess, and join Stampin’ Up! Every $50 you spend, you can pick out a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Click here to see all of the items you can pick and you will earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers! Woot Woot! When you Hostess a party or place an order that reaches $250, you will earn an additional $25 in Hostess Benefits!! That means you get $50 in Free Product!! You can also use that $50 to join Stampin’ Up! There is a fabulous special for joining during Sale-A-Bration too! You can use your hostess benefits towards your kit or you can join without having a party! It is $99 to join and you get to pick out $125 in any product you would like PLUS 2 FREE Stamp Sets of any value! Go for the highest value sets and that’s an additional $104 in product!!! WOOT WOOT! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out! I’m always happy to chat about it! Click here for more information!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’


Stamp Fun & NEW Laura’s Loyal Stampers!!!

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Mom & Me,

As you all know, stamping is a big part of my life! I love what I do and I love sharing what I love! I really really love sharing my love of stamping with my family!!! Here is a picture of my Mom and I stamping her Christmas Cards a few months ago! I never got a chance to share this but really wanted to….better late than never, right?

Crafting with Mom,

We had so much fun stamping, creating, and talking! My Mom doesn’t stamp regularly but we also make her Christmas Cards together. I love every moment of it! <3

Crafting Fun,

I also got to stamp with my Mother-In-Law, Cindy, over the holidays!!! Cindy stamps with me as often as she can. She really enjoy coloring in all forms and I normally don’t have the patience to color all day. Oddly enough, when we played in the stamp room all day, I colored with the new Watercolor Pencils and she made fabulous cards! Again, we had an amazing time chatting, laughing, and stamping!! Nothing warms my heart more than stamping with friends and family. This week I started my classes back up and let me tell you I couldn’t be happier! I enjoyed the mini break but missed everyone! 🙂


I’m super excited to announce I have changed up my Laura’s Loyal Stampers Program for 2017!!! Now it doesn’t matter whether you order with me at a class, party, event or online!!!! You will earn a Sticker for every $40 order you place and after 10 Stickers, you will get a $40 Gift Certificate from me! The most amazing thing ever is that earning stickers is super easy during Sale-A-Bration!!! You can check out more information about it here – 2017 Laura’s Loyal Stampers Program! Click here to start shopping, earning Sale-A-Bration freebies, and Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!!!! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you here back on Monday!

Happy Stampin’


The Best of 2016!!!

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Happy Friday everyone! This is the last post of 2016 so I thought I would share some of the Best Posts and Videos of the Year!!! Are they some of your favorites too? Let me know in the comments below!!!

THE TOP 5 BEST BLOG POSTS (based on views in 2016)

Something Borrowed Card Set,

Something Borrowed One Sheet Wonder – this post is viewed many times every day! You all must really love this set!!!

December Paper Pumpkin 2015,

December 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit – I took the calendar pieces and made them into cards!

Birthday Bouquet OSW,

Technique Tuesday – One Sheet Wonder Flower Bouquet – you all really love One Sheet Wonders!

Work of Art Wreath,

Work of Art Holiday Cards – this set is so versatile. I really need to get it out again to play!

Birthday Roses,

Technique Tuesday – Rose Wonder – I love everything about this Stamp Set and coordinating Framelits!

THE TOP 5 BEST VIDEOS (based on views in 2016)

Stampin’ Up! Rose Garden Framelits – tutorial for the #5 Sample above!

Watercoloring with the Flowering Fields Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set – I really feel like I have mastered watercoloring more this year!

One Sheet Wonder Technique – this video actually isn’t from either of the ones listed above but still popular!!!

One Sheet Wonder Technique with the Birthday Bouquet Paper – this is #3 from above!!!

Ways To Use Your Butterfly Thinlits – I love butterfly!!!

I hope you enjoyed this little recap! Are these some of your favorites or do you have one of your own? Let me know in the comments below! I always loving hearing from you! I wish you all a wonderful weekend and close to 2016! I’m super excited about 2017 and all of the adventures and possibilities that await! Let’s make it amazing!!!!

Happy Stampin’


Laura’s Stamp Pad – My Room Tour!!!

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Stamp Table,

I am so excited to share my new Stamp Room with all of you! I hope this gives you some ideas for your craft room and if you have ideas or suggestions for me, leave them in the comments below! I would love to hear them! You can see what my stamp room looked like before here! There are a few similarities but the BIG one is my new table. I use to have a small desk as my workspace but now I have this huge kitchen table. My husband and I came up with this idea late one evening and a few hours later we were picking up this table a few miles away. We had found it on a swap and sell site and it was just $30.00! Love it! It even has another leaf to put in for when I have a big project or have another stamper join me!! 🙂

It took some getting use to but I love it! I really enjoy all of the space! I have my Color Caddy within arms reach with all of my ink pads on it. Then I have a Shoe Box Container (found at Target here) with all of my Clear Blocks in it! I got this idea from another crafter when I was looking around for craft room ideas! These boxes are amazing, cheap, and super handy! They stack and since they aren’t a speciality item they aren’t retiring or changing! Behind the clear blocks is a large box (Stampin’ Up Large Die Box without the lid, in fact) that holds all of my small tools. I have 3 coffee mugs in the box and they hold pens, pencils, scissors, bone folders, and all of my adhesives. It’s a bit of a catch all box! On the end of the table, I have all of my punches. I found those wire racks at Aldi. There are 2 of them there and they stack and interlock. They are super strong and sturdy which is great for punches since they are so heavy.

Cabinet Stamps.Paper,

The one thing that is a must in my craft room is to have all of the items I use the most within arms reach so I don’t have to get up and down and look for things. This cabinet is directly to my right when I am sitting to craft. This cabinet is one that I have had for a long time and I am looking for something to replace it but haven’t found the perfect one yet. The bottom drawer has seasonal stamps and cellophane bags with scraps in it. Each bag has a different category like Foil Paper, Designer Paper, Glimmer Papers, etc. The next drawer up has all of my stamps in it. Here’s the problem…..I really want all of my stamps in 1 drawer/spot and while most fit in the one drawer, I have to pull out the ones up front to get the others out. I really don’t think I prefer a drawer for my stamps and instead would like a shelf. Moving up from the drawers, I have all of my 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock. I got the paper trays from Ikea – Ikea Paper Tray! They are much sturdier than the plastic ones I had before and rather than a drawer for each color family, I have 3 shelves. I put labels on each of the shelves so I know which color family is where. The little pink polka dot box has cellophane bags in it with scraps for each of the colors. I try to use those as much as I can before reaching for a full sheet!

Top Shelf Ribbon,

At the top, I have the plastic drawers which hold my Rhinestones, Pearls, Doilies, Washi Tape and a few other items. I have 2 more of those shoe boxes with all of my ribbons in them! I love those for the spools of ribbon but the other box is mostly little baggies of Baker’s Twine on the spools!! I have all of my Enamel Shapes in that little pink box. It’s called “Very Useful Box” and it’s the perfect size. You can see that better here!

Top Shelf Craft Room,

So this is the shelf that is on the other side of the table. It is one of those super sturdy black metal shelves. I have a 3 drawer 12″ x 12″ container that holds all of my Designer Series Paper, Glimmer Paper and Foil Paper. My sets of markers are on top of the paper! Next to that I have 2 more of those Shoe Boxes that hold my “coloring tools.” This includes sponges, sponge daubers, sponge brayers and spritzers. The box on the bottom is miscellaneous items. The blue 12″ x 12″ tote on the far left holds all of my cellophane baggies in various sizes. I love love love those 12″ x 12″ totes to put projects in, upcoming class supplies, and so much more! They are stack-able and super durable! The next shelf down has those totes on it with various projects including some of my wedding stuff – samples, brides I’m working with, etc. That giant flower is sitting there just waiting for the perfect place to go! I also have my little label maker sitting there! It is a Brother P- Touch Label Maker! This is what I used to add labels to all of the drawers, containers and more!!!

Wedding Supplies,

On the bottom shelf, I have woven totes that I found at Aldi! These are what I use to carry my supplies to classes and use for all kind of different things. It is actually rather rare to have all of them on the shelf. I have 2 expandable file folders on the far right that hold all of my Wedding Stationary Samples that I have created. You can check out my wedding stationary here – I have some white board easels on the far left that I use at events, craft fairs, and bridal fairs!

Display Shelf,

So this is across the room! I just got the black shelf sitting up top. I painted it black and had planned on putting it on the table and adding all of those tools in the box to it. When it came to putting it in the room, I realized I needed more space over here on this shelf. It looks all clean and nice right now but that’s not how it normally looks. I have samples for upcoming classes and events in those little stack-able black baskets. I also have a few samples out on display to admire! 🙂 The bottom is clean in the photo but I use that for placing items I’m running through the Big Shot, stacks of catalogs, samples that need photoed and so much more!!

Business Cabinet,

This is the cabinet that is under the black shelf pictured above. This cabinet has lots of my business supplies in it like catalogs, order forms, Hostess Gifts, and my card stash! One the bottom, I have my Silhouette machine and supplies!

Big Shot Station,

This is my Big Shot Station which has my Big Shot, Framelits, Embossing Folder, and supplies all in one spot! It is super handy to have it all readily available! The 3 drawers below the Big Shot contain cutting plates and accessories up top. Heat embossing items, hot glue gun, ink refills, and more in the second drawer. The bottom drawer has more supplies for my wedding fairs and brides!

I have various other items in the closet like business supplies, additional items like adhesives, memory keeping items, and all the 12″ x 12″ totes with class supplies in there!

If you would like to see all of my room in action, check out my Video Tutorial below or click here! Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure to subscribe if you are new! If you have any ideas to share, I would love to hear them! Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’


On the 2nd Day of Stamps-Mas!!!

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On the 2nd Day of Stamps-Mas, my true love gave to me……Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog!!! I know this is just one amazing place to find inspiration and tools for your stamping and crafting! You can also find some much more inspiration, techniques, and fun on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and HERE on my blog!!!

2nd Day of StampsMas,

I have used the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and Mini Catalogs for lots of great ideas. Sometimes I copy the card exactly and sometimes I copy the style but change the stamps used. There are many times I see a fabulous sample and think I can re-create with my own flare and it works perfectly. Other times I re-create it and it just isn’t the same! Are you like that as well??

Pinterest is probably my next go-to when looking for ideas. You can check out my Pinterest Boards here. I feel like this is the easiest way to find ideas for specific stamp sets. If you have the Santa’s Sleigh Stamp Set from the Holiday Mini Catalog but aren’t sure how to use it. Just type in Santa’s Sleigh Stampin’ Up into Pinterest and you will get this!!! All these fabulous ideas!!! It also helps with out of the box ideas. Love it!!! You can also search by Holiday Mini Catalog or Sale-A-Bration and see lots of samples with everything. You will get all of the past years of those catalogs as well but it could fun and inspiring!

I’m still getting the hang of Instagram and all the hashtags. You can follow me here! When looking for different things, you can search hashtags like #stampinup or #holidaymini or #handstamped. You could try a lot of different hashtags like crafts, stamping, stamp set names, and so much more!

YouTube is a big favorite of mine when sharing techniques because it is easier for me to describe and show than it is to write it out. You can see all of my Video Tutorials here! When you really want to see how things work or what is included in a kit or how big a product is, go to YouTube and look up the exact name of the kit or Haul videos. When you want to learn a technique, you can check out my Technique Tuesday Playlist. It can be tricky to search for specific techniques as some people name the technique different than others. Just browse around and have fun!!!

Of course, Facebook is another great place to get ideas, see videos with Facebook Live, find events near you, and so much more! You can check out my Facebook Page – StampinAndScrapbookin with Laura Schmidt-Borchert! I have been doing more Facebook Live videos which are fun and quick to share what I’m doing that day or at stamping events! I have also done give-aways and so much more!!! I post samples and tutorials every day as well as have my events on there. Most of my stampers, don’t RSVP through the events page but it is still a great reminder and invitation for those who use Facebook a lot.

Blogs are another great way to find inspiration and ideas! You can find different blogs when looking on other forms of social media, especially Pinterest. When searching through samples, you will see that the samples are linked to a blog. You can always subscribe to the blog so that you get a daily or weekly reminder of the posts when they go up. You can subscribe to my blog by entering your email on the right hand sidebar when looking at my website on a computer or at the bottom of the posts when looking at my blog on a phone!!!

Where do you like to find inspiration for all of your crafting projects? Let me know in the comments below!!! Who are some of your favorites? I could always add to my list! 🙂

Be sure to come back tomorrow for more on the 12 Days of Stamps-Mas. Check out the 1st Day here!

Happy Stampin’


Brad’s Birthday Card!!!

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It was my husband’s birthday last weekend and so we all know I had to make him a special card for his Birthday! You can check out some of the past cards I have made here, here, and here! Well here is the card for this year……drum roll…….

Brad's Birthday,

There he is with his Dr. Mario Card that I created! If you know him or checked out the past cards I have made, you will see a theme going on here. He loves video games and Mario! After all we had Mario and Peach as our cake topper at our wedding! 🙂 So naturally, we got up early to go wait in line at Target in November to get the Nintendo Classic Mini. Brad then introduced me to Dr. Mario and I think I’m more addicted to it then he is. Every evening we battle each other so when I needed to make his birthday card, this came to mind! While it may not look exactly like the Dr. Mario game, it was made with love and all my heart!!!

Dr. Mario,

I started with a Whisper White card base. Then I took a piece of Basic Black and rounded the corners with the Corner Rounder Punch. I used the Classic Label Punch to do the indention on both sides towards the top. Since it was such a tight spot, I had to round those bottom corners on that top rectangle by hand. I couldn’t fit the punch in there. For each of the blocks and “viruses” I used Real Red, Marina Mist, and Crushed Curry cardstock. I used a Basic Black Marker and Chalk Marker to create the little faces! I am not an artist at all and prefer to leave it to Stampin’ Up for the creative stamps. Drawing is not my thing but I did my best. 🙂 For the greeting, I stamped it from the Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set and punched it out with the Classic Label Punch. I did cut a few too many little blocks so I added a few to the inside as well!

He loved it and knew exactly what it was when I gave it to him! That’s all that matters. I love playing with Punch Art and getting creative to make a one of a kind card for those I love. Do you like to make super specific cards for others? Share in the comments one of your creations or ideas! I would love to hear from you!

Happy Stampin’



Don’t forget to shop the Year End Clearance Sale!!! Click here to check out the fabulous products!!!

Happy Thanksgiving….and some Reindeer Food!!!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!! I love this holiday because it is fairly low key! It’s a great reminder of all of the amazing things we have in our lives and to take a moment to be thankful for them! I am so incredibly thankful for the many blessings in my life including all of you and my stamping business. I get to do what I love every day and it is amazing!!! I hope you all have a wonderful day today and every day!!! Thank you for being you!

Don’t forget that you can shop fabulous Stampin’ Up deals from the comfort of your home. Check out the Online Extravaganza here!

reindeer-food, I also wanted to share these adorable little things! Remember the September Paper Pumpkin Kit which came with these little test tubes?? I said I was saving those for a special project…..well this wasn’t the one in mind but I love it! I saw these on Pinterest and just had to make some myself. I filled the test tubes with some oats and some Metallic Sequins. Then I created the tags with the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set and coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (Bundle & Save 10%). I stamped the reindeer in Early Espresso Ink and added a Red Glimmer Circle to his nose! I used some of the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine to tie it to the test tube! I just think they are adorable!!! Now I still have a few left for yet another project! 😉 What have you done with your test tubes? Let me know in the comments below!!!

If you would like to see this in action, check out my Video Tutorial below or click here. Don’t forget to give this video a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure to subscribe if you are new! I post every Tuesday and Thursday!

Have an amazing day!!! I’m going to be working with my Mom on her Christmas Cards today and then enjoying a fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner!!!

Happy Stampin’